I am getting a bit fed-up with the 15/32...13/64... and the rest of the crap
measurements we use here. Why shouldn't I go to what the rest of the world
uses? Metric. Please no political BS. Seems like using 10's is a lot
easier.No I'm not too old to change (62).<G>
| Why shouldn't I go to what the
| rest of the world uses? Metric.
No reason not to. If you do, then I'll join you as soon as I can by
metric sized tools, bits, wood, etc at a better price than I can buy
DeSoto, Iowa USA
So, do what you want. What are you measuring and why would it make any
difference to anyone else but you?
Me, I'm same age, trained as engineer so mks are familiar in their
place, but for day-to-day usage, British measurements are just what
"comes naturally". For measuring in woodworking a 64th is more than
adequate for virtually any and everything, a 32nd is usually good enough
except for matching joints where to make things easy one generally uses
a marking gauge and transfer marks, not actual physical measurements,
anyway. For estimating, I _know_ what an inch is in terms of a length
of particular finger joint, eight inches is a convenient spread, lots of
practice lets me pace of a yard pretty doggone accurately, ... Any of
those in even cgs units is something I'd have to start over at age 8 to
have a hope of learning with such fluency. No point in it as far as I
$0.02, ymmv, etc., of course, ...
-- > "Morris Dovey" > No reason not to. If you do, then I'll join you as soon as > I can by
I grew up with metric. A 10cm x 10cm Cube of water weighs a kilo and
is a litre as well. (At 4C)
Then, after I graduated high school in The Netherlands, I came to
Canada. Inches and feet and pounds and gallons..then baaaaack again to
Now I buy my meat by the pound, my gas by the litre and my solid
surface sheets 30 INCHES by 12 FEET.
Half of a quarter is an eigth. 30+ degrees C is not hot, 90 F is hot.
2 pints of beer is not a lot, a litre is.
A ton is as heavy as a tonne, as far as I am concerned, and the whole
world should switch over to smidgens and tiches.
Time is on the side of metric.
40 years ago when the metric change was proposed, the investment in
tooling, supplies, supporting infrastructure in the USA was
Today a lot of that investment has become obsolete or consumed.
The change today would be easier, tomorrow easier yet.
It has always confused me that while many Americans were vehemently
opposed to metric, they still measure weapons in it. 9mm etc.
I'm numerically dyslexic, which makes numbers hard for me anyway. I
also have the disadvantage of going to school so that I finished here
in Australia in 1972. This meant I was taught in imperial but those in
the year behind me were taught in metric. So now I have both in my head
arguing with each other.
On the whole though, with my particular disability metric is easier.
Acually, for the most part, we don't. Most rifle and pistol calibers in the
U.S. are measured in decimal inches, e.g. .22, .308, .243, .357, etc.
And we still use the old Imperial gauge sizes for shotguns. (The .410 being an
exception, but that's decimal inches again.)
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Naw - not as complicated as that - more like 50 vs. 60 Hz, & which side
of the road you drive on.... Just the practical aspects of having to
social inertia of two large worlds that grew up as part of different
I just use Metrinch http://www.mitools.com/combination/0076.php being my
current carry in the Land-Rover set!
I wrote a piece for an American engineering publication on the American
companies loosing trade as a result of sticking with 'English' imperial
and wierd American number threads, so being in England the advantage
of metric interchangability and easy calc. isn't lost on me!
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